Age 11 to 13

Overview

The Moving Beyond the Page Age 11-13 level is the first level in our two-year middle school homeschool curriculum. During these two years, your child will prepare to excel in high school science, social studies, and English. In science he will receive one semester of Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. In social studies he will have an appreciation for the course of human civilization for every corner of the globe as well as an understanding of American history and government. The language arts program is a great precursor to high school English as students will do in-depth literature studies and rigorous writing assignments while continuing to improve grammar knowledege and application. When your homeschooler finishes our middle school curriculum, he will be well prepared for high school.

The Age 11-13 level of curriculum is the first year of middle school homeschool curriculum. All units are student directed, and students take responsibility for formulating their own ideas and directing their day. The primary lesson plans are written for your child to read and follow. Our parent overviews include activity descriptions and answer keys for you, and we provide plenty of opportunities for discussion and active involvement in your child's education. This level is usually used for seventh grade, but is often used in sixth grade or eighth grade as well.

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay

Using the 11-13 Curriculum

The Age 11-13 level has a flexible design that allows you to tailor a program to meet your needs. You can use the curriculum in each of the following ways:

  • Comprehensive Curriculum
    With Moving Beyond the Page science, social studies, and language arts, and Life of Fred math, you will have everything you need for a full year of homeschooling that will engage and challenge your gifted child.
  • Complete Language Arts Curriculum
    Purchase all 10 literature units and teach your child vocabulary, grammar, writing, spelling, story elements, and figurative language while developing a love of literature.
  • Complete Science Curriculum
    Purchase all 10 science units for a year-long science curriculum.
  • Complete Social Studies Curriculum
    Purchase all 10 social studies units for a year-long social studies curriculum.
  • Supplement Any Existing Curriculum
    Pick a science or social studies topic that piques your child's interest or a book that she will enjoy reading and supplement your current homeschool curriculum. Everything in our program is available to purchase individually.

What's New and Different for Age 11-13

Like our earlier levels, the Age 11-13 level covers science, social studies, and language arts. Unlike earlier levels, the Age 11-13 level gives equal weight to science, social studies, and language arts. In earlier levels, language arts received more of a focus, but in our middle school levels the subjects are all weighted equally.

Each day, students will do three lessons — one in science, one in social studies, and one in language arts. In earlier levels of Moving Beyond the Page, students only did two lessons each day — one in science or social studies and one in language arts. The topic of the language arts unit will tie into either the science or the social studies unit, so children will still be receiving interdisciplinary instruction in the middle school years. This is a hallmark of Moving Beyond the Page that we want to continue through the middle school levels.

The full-year curriculum package contains 10 literature units, 10 science units, and 10 social studies units. All units are broken down into daily lesson plans. Students will move through the units together. When they start unit 1 in language arts, they will also begin unit 1 of science and unit 1 of social studies. The knowledge gained in the science and social studies units are reinforced through the corresponding literature unit.

The list below shows how the science, social studies, and language arts units line up.

Social Studies
Science
Language Arts
Semester 1
Unit 1. Egypt and Mesopotamia
Unit 1. The Hydrosphere
Unit 1. The Pearl
Unit 2. Africa Today
Unit 2. The Atmosphere
Unit 2. A Girl Named Disaster
Unit 3. Australia and Oceania
Unit 3. The Lithosphere
Unit 3. The Hobbit
Unit 4. Ancient Asia
Unit 4. Ecosystems and Ecology
Unit 4. A Single Shard
Unit 5. Asia Today
Unit 5. Earth Cycles and Systems
Unit 5. Independent Study
Semester 2
Unit 1. Greece and Rome
Unit 1. Force and Motion
Unit 1. Greek Myths
Unit 2. The Middle Ages
Unit 2. Light and the Eye
Unit 2. Tales from the Middle Ages
Unit 3. The Age of Discovery
Unit 3. The Solar System
Unit 3. The Prince and the Bard
Unit 4. Elizabethan Europe
Unit 4. Technological Design
Unit 4. Newton at the Center
Unit 5. Modern Europe
Unit 5. Energy
Unit 5. British Poetry

Beyond Standards

Because all lessons are based on state and national standards, your child will learn all of the necessary skills for his age. Your child will continue to be challenged to read and write at a higher level.

Summary of Skills

The links below will take you to the Summary of Skills for each of the concepts that make up the Age 11-13 curriculum. The Summary of Skills is a list of the state and national standards that are covered within Moving Beyond the Page. This list can be useful for your own planning purposes, but it is also quite helpful when submitting required documentation to fulfill state and local reporting requirements.

Science Kits and Manipulatives

The Age 11-13 curriculum provides a number of hands-on science kits and manipulatives. These kits will provide your child with a hands-on experience that is unparalleled in any homeschool curriculum. With Moving Beyond the Page, hands-on learning is not an afterthought. Not only do we design our curriculum for hands-on learners, we also provide materials to take the hassle out of gathering materials.

11-13 - 1 - S - Science Kit

This science kit contains materials that are used with the first semester science units.

  • 100 ml graduated cylinder,
  • 3 transparent cups or glasses,
  • blue, yellow, red, and green food coloring,
  • cup of pebbles,
  • cup of sand,
  • disposable ice cube trays,
  • drinking glasses,
  • eye dropper,
  • funnel,
  • scale,
  • thermometer, and
  • 33 more items...
11-13 - 2 - S - Science Kit

This science kit contains materials that are used during the second semester science units. The kit only includes materials and does not include any of the curriculum.

  • 1 package of index cards,
  • 10-15' long piece of string,
  • 15' string,
  • 2 rulers, ruler with a groove down the center, or 12" long 1" diameter PVC pipe,
  • 2 single pulleys,
  • 3 bar magnets,
  • 3-4' braided rope,
  • 3-4' of braided rope,
  • balloon,
  • cork,
  • marble, and
  • 52 more items...
Ancient Civilization Timeline Cards

Cannonball Gourd (4 inches)

A cleaned, 4 inch gourd perfect for crafts and student activities.

More Roots

There are 4 different card games in one deck. Each game (or level) is designed to be fun and stress-free for children and adults alike!

Parts of Speech Cards

These cards are used in the literature unit The Pearl.

Timeline of Ancient Civilizations

This timeline is used in both the Age 10-12 level and then again in the 11-13 level as children study ancient cultures from around the world. It will help to give children a visualization of what was happening in different parts of the world at the same time. This timeline will be used with the timeline cards for each of the areas studied. The timeline and cards are included in the full-year packages that utilize them.

What Else Do I Need?

The Age 11-13 Full Year Curriculum Package covers science, social studies, and language arts. When purchased with a separate math curriculum, you will have a comprehensive curriculum for your child.

Schedule Worksheets



Age 11-13 Curriculum Samples

Semester 1

Unit 1 - Egypt and Mesopotamia [SS]

Lesson 2 - Early Mesopotamia

Unit 1 - The Pearl [LA]

Lesson 3 - The Pearl

Unit 4 - Ancient Asia [SS]

Lesson 5 - Life in Ancient Japan

Unit 4 - A Single Shard [LA]

Lesson 9 - Words of Wisdom

Unit 5 - Earth Cycles and Systems [S]

Lesson 7 - Oxygen Production and Life

Semester 2

Unit 1 - Greek Myths [LA]

Lesson 3 - The Stories

Unit 1 - Greece and Rome [SS]

Lesson 3 - Classical Greece